Museveni bids farewell to outgoing Netherlands Envoy to Uganda

President Museveni in a photo with outgoing Netherlands ambassador to Uganda H.E Karin Boven after a meeting at Nakasero on Friday. PPU Photo.

Kampala, (UG):- President Museveni on Friday bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda, H.E Karin Boven who ended her tour of duty in the East African country after four years of service.

The also President appreciated H.E Boven for her distinctive service to Uganda and wished her well in her future endeavours.

Mr Museveni also took the Ambassador through the political history of Uganda, noting that before the coming of the NRM government to power, the East African country was a failed state but due to the correct ideology of the current government, the nation has progressively developed, with peace and security in place.

“I bid farewell to Her Excellency, Ambassador Karin Boven of the Netherlands. I appreciate her service to Uganda. We discussed Uganda’s history, the challenges, and the progress achieved under the NRM. Together with the Netherlands, we will continue to strengthen ties, especially in agriculture and entrepreneurship. I wish her good luck in her new assignment,” Mt Museveni said during the meeting at State Lodge, Nakasero.

“The setbacks which we had in the past were philosophical, ideological and strategic mistakes.”

On her part, the Ambassador revealed that she has enjoyed her stay in Uganda and promised that the Netherlands will continue to cooperate with Uganda in promoting various sectors, especially agriculture.

“I have met a lot of people including partners of our programs, refugees and host communities, female entrepreneurs and farmers. And you know of course that the Netherlands has big programs in agriculture and agro-business. I’m sure you have heard about the best farmers competition in Uganda supported by the Netherlands,” H.E Boven said.

She further noted that Uganda hosts a big number of Dutch entrepreneurs who are into agro-business and tourism. “They are very adventurous, and they are looking for innovative ways of promoting business in Uganda. I feel proud when I see fellow countrymen here in Uganda with big developmental programs.”

She also commended Uganda under the wise leadership of President Museveni for the hospitality it has extended to the refugees.

In response, the President noted that Uganda has been able to welcome refugees from all over Africa due to its ideological principle of Pan-Africanism.

“We don’t believe in the dividing of Africa, we want to unite so we discourage Xenophobia or parochialism. There are very many Africans here from Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, even Khartoum people who have started to come. If a refugee can employ himself we leave him, we don’t put him in camps so they blend very easily,” he explained.

In the same meeting, the two leaders agreed that the private sector is very crucial in the socio-economic transformation of any country.

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